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Your Guide to the Perfect Yacht Week

Adventure is just around the corner for those planning to take an excursion through the seas with The Yacht Week. Whether you’re booked for Italy, Montenegro, Greece, or any of their other enticing route options, there’s plenty to prepare for as you embark on the week-long yacht party. Know what to expect with some helpful tips with our Yacht Week guide for making your adventure the experience of a lifetime.

 

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Photo: The Yacht Week – Fabian Webster – Your Guide to the Perfect Yacht Week

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As you plan your journey, there’s a lot to keep in mind in preparation for a week of excitement. Gather a crew of friends who are fun, responsible, and ready to live like a family for a week in close quarters on your boat. Don’t forget to also book a skipper so that you’ll have an expert navigator for those long days of boozy fun.

Keep the trip silly by bringing costumes, floaties, face paint, and plenty of props to make your photo stream memorable. Pack only necessary items to save space on your yacht—a waterproof phone case, non-slip shoes, and an AUX cord are just a few essentials to make your excursion perfect. Each of The Yacht Week’s routes have their own unique experience to offer, with a few standing out as favorites among attendees.




boats tied together at the yacht week

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Croatia

For those with an affinity for a wild party, Croatia may be the destination for you. One of the most popular of all the routes, the Croatia experience will have you partying at beautiful Fort George or dancing it out to EDM mixes at Club Vanilla. The Croatian coast is one-of-a-kind and you’ll get to join as many as 50 other boats of travelers ready to thrill seek alongside you.

Put some money aside for port fees and bottle service to ensure you’re all set for expenses throughout the week. Shorter sailing days on this route leave plenty of time to focus on letting loose as you make lifelong friends on the Croatian waters.




raft parties at the yacht week croatia

Photo: The Yacht Week Croatia – Adam Bertalan – Your Guide to the Perfect Yacht Week

Greece

There’s something for everyone when you take in a week of Greek culture during this stunning route. Treat yourself to bottle service at one of their many nightlife and day party events throughout the week—Ermioni Island’s White Party is a classic that will have you decked out in your brightest whites to sip drinks on the ocean.

With plenty of activities to do on land, explore each island and experience both tourist and local culture for an added bonus to your sea excursion. Port fees are a breeze on the Greek route, so use the extra cash for fuel during the long sailing days.




friends jumping off boat at the yacht week greece

Photo: The Yacht Week Greece – Your Guide to the Perfect Yacht Week

British Virgin Islands

Sail through the tropics during the Caribbean BVI route, fit for a relaxing escape into the sparkling blue waters. Become one with the ocean by snorkeling, exploring the natural baths or getting lost in the numerous underwater caves. Locals will have you loving life with their deliciously made rum drinks and fresh seafood right at your fingertips.

With more availability for a catamaran on this route, splurge on the upgrade to take advantage of the extra space and make the most of your trip. You’ll also want to set aside a hefty shopping fund for this destination, but beautiful ocean views will make up for the island prices. Day parties will be the peak of your journey as you dance in the sand under the clear, blue Caribbean sky.

 

group of people at jost van dyke soggy dollar bar

Photo: Jost Van Dyke, BVI – Soggy Dollar Bar – Your Guide to the Perfect Yacht Week

 

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the yacht week catamarans in bay

Photo: The Yacht Week – Fabian Webster

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Sip Spirits at Some of the Best Cocktail Bars in London

London boasts the world’s most progressive culture of cocktail makers and drinkers. Other than shopping and sightseeing, exploring the nightlife and cocktail bar scene can be one of the most fun parts about being in London. From secluded and plush drinking dens to high-end hotel bars, you can find a great cocktail just about anywhere in the city. Whether you’d like to sip a handcrafted negroni in sumptuous surroundings or grab yourself a brand new creation from the bartender at the little bar down the alley, these are the best cocktail bars in London that have something for everyone.

 

london bridge at night best cocktail bars in london

Photo: Zocha Group – Best Cocktail Bars in London

 

Artesian Bar at the Langham

The Langham London is one of London’s most famous hotels, and the bar that sits below it is one of London’s most iconic nightlife hot spots. The Artesian Bar at the Langham offers visitors an extensive rum selection, champagne list, and an ever-evolving cocktail menu. The sophisticated bar takes influence from traditional Chinese architecture and design which creates an intimate yet community-oriented space.




Artesian Bar cocktail with smoke

Photo: Artesian Bar at the Langham / Selfie Compatible cocktail – Best Cocktail Bars in London

Artesian Bar lounge seating and bar design

Photo: Artesian Bar at the Langham

McQueen

McQueen in Shoreditch is the quintessential James Bond bar, with antique aviation decorations, dim lighting, and three distinct rooms that all house a different personality. McQueen has often been referred to as ‘London’s Best Club’ for their sophistication and attention to detail. Comfortable booths and a full bar menu create the perfect night-out atmosphere, and you don’t even need to be 007 to enjoy it.




McQueen orange cocktail

Photo: McQueen / Latin Lovers cocktail – Best Cocktail Bars in London

mcqueen cocktail lounge bar london

Photo: McQueen London

69 Colebrooke Row

69 Colebrooke Row, often referred to as “The Bar With No Name”, sits along a quite Islington backstreet with a seemingly innocent exterior and no flashy gimmicks. This bar is for those who can really appreciate a great drink. The unpretentious and dimly lantern lit interior contains an antique wooden bar, behind which masters of alcohol craft the best cocktails you will ever have, hands down. Gentle jazz music and an Italian cafe-based design will ensure total relaxation.




69 Colebrooke Row oyster cocktail

Photo: Prairie Oyster 69 Colebrooke Row – Best Cocktail Bars in London

Mahiki

Mahiki is looking to change the age-old stereotype that London remains in a constant state of rain and clouds. You will find nothing but sunshine and good times in this downtown Polynesian cocktail bar. Mahiki offers an area for dancing as well, leaving you plenty of room to party the night away at this celebrity hot spot.

 

Mahiki London tiki cocktails treasure chest

Photo: Mahiki London – Best Cocktail Bars in London

The Connaught Bar

The Connaught Bar in Mayfair is an essential stop for anybody interested in history. A decor that brings the ‘20s back to life and a bold cocktail menu that perfectly combines old and new is exactly why The Connaught Bar has been awarded so much praise. If you like what you taste, they distill their own gin in-house so you can take a bottle home with you.

 

The Connaught Bar orange cocktail

Photo: The Connaught Bar / Gentleman Spritz

Ronnie Scotts

If you’re in the market for dinner and a show, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club is an essential stop. Exceptional drinks and a full food menu to match is why Ronnie Scott’s continues to draw in such big crowds after 60 years, and why many of the jazz world’s biggest names have played here more than once. Since their renovation, the club serves modern sophistication through their decor and the soul of jazz music through their drinks.

 

The Zetter Townhouse Cocktail Bar

Designed by Russell Sage, this cocktail bar’s interior feels more like an eclectic friend’s home rather than a bar and lounge. Plush seating, dim lighting, bookcases filled to the brim with stories and crackling fires are what make the Zetter Townhouse Cocktail Bar the perfect place for a relaxing evening out on the town. The drinks are created from taking inspiration from local distilling and drink-making history, and the Townhouse often hosts parties that are reflective of that history.

 

The Zetter Townhouse interior bar lounge

Photo: The Zetter Townhouse Cocktail Bar

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Photo: Zocha Group

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Set Sail at the Best Yachting Destinations in the World

There are few modes of travel that can measure up to the leisure and luxury of a yacht with the ocean breeze giving an added touch to your journey. The freedom you’ll experience out on the open water is unparalleled, and the designs and features that many yachts incorporate are second to none. Unlike cruise lines that set destinations for you, a private vessel gives you free rein when it comes to choosing where to drop anchor. If you’re itching to feel the wind in your hair and the spray of the sea on your face this summer, consider taking your journey to some of the world’s best yachting destinations.

 

Photo: Zocha Group – The Best Yachting Destinations in the World

 

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

The steady winds, naturally deep Charlotte Amalie Harbour, and calm winds make St. Thomas the perfect place to visit on your next yachting trip. The island’s topography becomes immediately apparent when you arrive, and visitors can expect to find fine dining and lavish shopping. The island paradise also serves as a haven for those seeking world-class snorkeling, kitesurfing and other enjoyable water activities.




st thomas port charlotte amalie with boats

Photo: St. Thomas / U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism – The Best Yachting Destinations in the World

Monaco

Monaco, which is synonymous with luxury and fine dining, creates a flawless environment to dock your yacht the next time you’re sailing the seven seas. World-class nightlife and the Monaco Grand Prix, which happens in May, add to the overall experience of extravagance that guests can expect when visiting the small, independent French city-state.




monaco yachts in harbor at night

Photo: Monaco – The Best Yachting Destinations in the World

French Riviera

As one of the most glamorous destinations in all of Europe, the French Riviera has it all. Consider a yachting vacation visiting the white sand beaches of Nice, the indescribable nightlife of Monte-Carlo, or the peaceful island of Porquerolles off the western coastline of Saint-Tropez. There are special events hosted year-round in the French Riviera, such as the Cannes Film Festival, that make it the perfect area to stop in and rest up before your next adventure.




french riviera france ocean view

Photo: French Riviera / Zeepod

Sardinia, Italy

Located off the coast of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia serves as an isolated getaway for those in search of peace and quiet. Amazing hiking trails and nuraghi stones make the island a wondrous place to explore, and the beautiful beaches are a great spot for catching a tan.

 

Sardinia Italy aerial view of harbor

Photo: Sardinia Italy – The Best Yachting Destinations in the World

St. Georges Parish, Bermuda

Local culture and leisure lifestyle abound at St. George’s Parish, a town on the Bermudian island of St. George. Every year, between the months of March and November, the world’s most elite sailing teams congregate at St. George’s Parish to compete in regattas that are hosted by Bermuda’s multitude of sailing clubs. Along with the races, the local culture and luxurious dining and shopping options make for the perfect area for relaxing on your private yacht.

 

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Photo: St. Georges Parish, Bermuda – The Best Yachting Destinations in the World

Greece

In an area that’s surrounded by multiple seas that are dotted with thousands of islands, Greece has served as a haven for luxury mariners for centuries. The natural beauty that flows from the whole country, as well as the cosmopolitan nightlife and globally-renowned dining and shopping, make Greece one of the most interesting places to visit in Europe. Visit Crete, Greece’s largest island, Athens, a city that overflows with history and culture, or Mykonos, an area known around the world for marvelous nightlife and leisure.

 

Navagio Shipwreck beach in Zakynthos Greece

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Nantucket, Massachusetts

Thirty miles off the coast of Cape Cod sits the Massachusetts island of Nantucket. The picture-perfect New England colony is best known for its windswept beaches, quaint but luxurious cottages, and protected inlets. Nantucket originally made its fortune from the whaling trade, as made popular by the novel Moby Dick. Today, whaling ships have been replaced by luxurious superyachts as the world’s elite come together to experience the ultimate vacation destination.

 

Nantucket boats in harbor

Photo: Nantucket / Travoh

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The Best Spring Destinations for a Beautiful Getaway

Spring is a wonderful time to travel the world, as temperatures in many countries begin to rise and the summer crowds haven’t yet settled in. You’ll be able to embrace the inviting atmosphere and kickstart travel season with a pleasant getaway. If you’re interested in getting out into the world this spring, venture to any of these best spring destinations for the perfect springtime escape.

 

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Photo: Zocha Group – Best Spring Destinations for a Beautiful Getaway

 

The U.S. Virgin Islands

Spring is the end of peak tourism season in the Virgin Islands, which means it’s the perfect time to visit. The weather is nice, the crowds are minimal, and the Carnival celebrations help to kickoff the season. Grab a tropical drink and relax in the sand at the dozens of islands in this breathtaking region.




us virgin islands beach with teal water

Photo: US Virgin Islands – Best Spring Destinations for a Beautiful Getaway

Marrakech

Marrakech temperatures are off the charts during the Moroccan desert summer months, but spring provides cooler temperatures that are perfect for taking in all the culture and activities that this wonderful city has to offer. Visit the Atlas Mountains, take a ride on the back of a camel, or visit Pepe Nero or Azar restaurants for a delicious fine dining experience.




Riad Palais Sebban marrakech pool with pink flowers

Photo: Riad Palais Sebban – Best Spring Destinations for a Beautiful Getaway

Malta

June is known as the busy season for the small island of Malta, so arriving in spring ensures that you’ll beat the crowds and have the pristine beaches all to yourself. Cliff diving, scuba diving or taking a day cruise are all options when visiting the world-famous vacation hotspot.




malta azure window ocean water

Photo: Malta – Azure Window – Best Spring Destinations for a Beautiful Getaway

Reykjavik

Iceland’s visitors have the chance to bathe in naturally-steaming mud baths, check out the Northern Lights, dive between two continents and even hike a few volcanoes. Winter makes it almost impossible to truly enjoy the country because of near constant darkness, but spring offers longer days with more time to go explore.

 

blue lagoon in Reykjavik during sunset

Photo: Blue Lagoon / Reykjavik – Best Spring Destinations for a Beautiful Getaway

The Netherlands

April is prime time for tulip season in the Netherlands which makes for a vibrant backdrop to your Dutch getaway. Visit Keukenhof in Lisse, which allows visitors to come gaze upon their seven million colorful flowers. If flowers aren’t your interest, don’t worry. The Netherlands has centuries of culture and traditions for you to experience, along with beautiful hotels to make your stay worthwhile.

 

netherlands with tulips with windmill

Photo: Netherlands / Discover France Magazine

Fiji

The paradise islands of Fiji are known for rugged tropical landscapes, coral reefs in crystal clear lagoons, and white sandy beaches lined with palm trees. In Fiji, you can scuba dive with manta rays, explore large tropical forests and gardens, or even just visit a museum and relax on the beach. Getting a tan will be the least of your worries on these sunbathed strips of land.

 

Monaco

Head to Monaco before the Grand Prix starts in May to take advantage of the minimal crowds for a private escape. Take in everything this small city has to offer by booking a yacht ride along the coast, experiencing one of the multiple world-renowned restaurants or trying your luck in the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo.

 

Monaco harbor with boats

Photo: Monaco – Zocha Group

Kyoto

People flock from all over the world to see Kyoto’s delicate shrines and temples and to experience the immense history and culture of the island country. Come spring, visitors become surrounded by beautiful pink cherry blossoms adding colorful scenery to their Japanese adventure. All these attractions combined make Kyoto the romantic getaway of your dreams.

 

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Photo: Kyoto, Japan

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Set Sail and Party at The Yacht Week

This year, check another travel experience off your bucket list by setting sail on the boating trip of a lifetime. The Yacht Week is a party on the water where you and your friends can dive into a vacation while sailing the seas on your own private yacht. With the option of visiting eight different countries including Thailand, Greece, Brazil, and Italy, your sun-soaked holiday will include day parties, volcano hikes, dancing under the stars, and getting the best tan of your life!

 

Photo: The Yacht Week

Photo: The Yacht Week

Destinations

With eight routes to choose from, there are plenty of places for you to dive right in and explore the local culture and scenery. Taking the Spain trip will send you to Mallorca, a locale perfect for indulging in sand and sea. The Caribbean option will land you in the British Virgin Islands, where relaxation is easy amidst the clear blue ocean. If Croatia is more your style, you can choose between the original route or the Ultra Route, which gives you access to an exclusive VIP section of Ultra Music Festival. No matter the destination, the trip ensures your weeklong yacht party will be fully stocked with adventure.

 

Photo: The Yacht Week

Photo: The Yacht Week

Yacht Crew

You can get into the Gilligan’s Island spirit by assembling a crew of your favorite people to take on the waters in your chosen city. For smaller groups, you can be paired up with other travelers who are also ready to sail the seas. Those looking for a touch of convenience can upgrade their trip to include a knowledgeable skipper who will navigate your journey, or a hostess to prepare your meals. You and your crew will get to toast your drinks in the lap of luxury alongside dozens of boats full of equally lively partygoers.

 

Photo: The Yacht Week

Culture

No matter which destination you choose for your vacation on the sea, there is a diversity of cultures for you to explore. The boats dock in each city allowing you to explore, and also attend private parties for you to get to know your fellow boaters. Croatia’s ancient ruins draw in those who’d like to embrace the historical side, while their green caves make for a scenic view perfect for any Instagram shot. You’ll have plenty of tales to bring home from the Thailand route, where you can see fire breathers, snorkel with the sea life, and get a taste of the delectable local street food. The newest addition to the Yacht Week lineup is Montenegro, which boasts exclusive beach and yacht clubs, along with entire fortress towns for you to visit a piece of their history.

 

Photo: Split, Croatia

If you’ve been planning to get away this year, and want the added twist of a weeklong party on the seas, The Yacht Week has plenty of excursions lined up just waiting for you to join. With former travelers describing the trip as “insane,” “paradise,” and a “dream,” you can’t go wrong with embarking on the adventure of a lifetime.

 

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20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Everyone has a travel bucket list of ideal places to visit at least once in a lifetime, ranging from tropical beaches to awe-inspiring monuments to bustling big cities. The world is filled with places to discover rich cultures and have life-changing experiences during your getaway. Update your vacation goals with these go-to travel bucket list ideas for 2020.

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Bali

One of the top travel bucket list cities for having a tropical vacation, Bali is known for its lush landscape including impressive volcanoes and stunning beaches. You can even hitch a ride atop an elephant for a unique experience in this Indonesian paradise.

 

Photo: Bali – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Ayana Resort Bali Pool

Photo: Ayana Resort Bali – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Giza

One of the Seven Wonders of the world, the pyramids of Giza sit alongside the Sphinx to rank high on many travelers’ bucket lists. Take in the beauty of these incomparable structures still standing after thousands of years.

 

Photo: Giza – Zocha Group – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Photo: Giza – Zocha Group – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Bora Bora

This Tahitian island in French Polynesia is the perfect travel bucket list destination, famous for its luxurious, overwater bungalows and variety of tropical activities.

 

Photo: Bora Bora – Zocha Group – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Photo: Four Seasons Bora Bora – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Paris

Paris is the perfect bucket list destination for those who appreciate fine architecture from every artistic period. The Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Arc de Triomphe are just a few of the iconic monuments worth visiting in this French capital.

 

Photo: Girafe Paris

Photo: Shangri-La Paris

Marrakech

Known as the Red City, visit Morocco’s Marrakech to experience its rich cultural history through exploring palaces, ornate mosques and even touring the dunes of the Sahara desert.

 

Photo: Marrakech – Zocha Group – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Photo: Marrakech Riad Yasmine

Rio de Janeiro

There’s no other city in the world that can compete with Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival festivities each February. With vibrant costumes, parades and events, visit Carnival at least once to witness the Brazilian way to celebrate the holiday.

 

Photo: Rio De Janeiro – Zocha Group – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Photo: Vila Santa Teresa

Galápagos Islands

The isolated geographic location of the Galápagos has made it a focal point for wildlife research, housing some of the rarest species of animals in the world. This stunning group of islands in Ecuador should be at the top of any animal lover’s travel bucket list.

 

Photo: Galápagos Islands – Zocha Group – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Photo: Galápagos Islands

Havana

With travel from the US recently opening to Cuba, visitors now get to experience Havana’s uniquely nostalgic culture that includes taking a drive in a vintage convertible along with salsa dancing the night away at local bars.

 

Photo: Cuba – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Photo: Havana, Cuba – Zocha Group

Machu Picchu

This lost city is one of the best places in the world to hike, with the Inca’s ruins still standing more than 2,000 meters above sea level in the mountains of Peru.

 

Photo: Machu Picchu – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Photo: Machu Picchu Hiram Bingham Train

New York City

The Big Apple is a bustling hub known for its diversity of cultures that come together to form a lively, American metropolis. Broadway shows, Madison Square Garden concerts and picnics in Central Park are just a few of the endless ways to spend time in this busy city.

 

Photo: New York City – Zocha Group – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Photo: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Ibiza

Any nightlife lover’s travel bucket list should include the island of Ibiza, one of Spain’s premier destinations for partying. Lounge along the dazzling beaches by day and dance through the night at the array of energetic nightclubs.

 

Photo: Ibiza, Spain – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

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Reykjavik

Look up into the night sky to witness the glimmering aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. This natural light show is a one-of-a-kind experience that can be only be crossed off bucket lists in cities like Reykjavik, Iceland.

 

Photo: Blue Lagoon / Reykjavik

Photo: Iceland

Arizona

Arizona’s natural landscapes draw visitors each year to explore the other-worldly caverns of Antelope Canyon, along with the expansive Grand Canyon, a worthy bucket list addition.

 

Photo: The Wave Arizona

Photo: Antelope Canyon, Arizona – 20 Places to Check off Your Travel Bucket List in 2020

Mykonos

View the stark white buildings of Mykonos, a waterside locale with the sparkling blue Indian Ocean as the backdrop to your vacation. You can also sail to the nearby island of Santorini for a well-rounded Greek getaway.

 

Photo: Mykonos Blu

Photo: Cavo Tagoo Hotel Mykonos

Tokyo

Head to Tokyo for the travel bucket list experience of “hanami”–the Japanese tradition of witnessing the beautiful, pink cherry blossoms as they bloom each spring. Walk through Asukayama Park or along Meguro River for a prime view of the cherry trees.

 

Photo: Inokashira Park – Tokyo

Aman Tokyo

Photo: Aman Tokyo

St. Barths

This luxurious island in the Caribbean offers numerous white, sandy beaches and sparkling, turquoise waters. The natural Colombier Beach and busy Saint-Jean Beach are just a few of the many enclaves for beautiful photos and perfect weather.

 

Photo: Eden Rock St Barths – Villa Nina

Photo: Eden Rock – St Barths

Nairobi

Possibly one of the most Instagrammed spots in the world, the boutique hotel Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya lets guests wake up to the majestic animals wandering the property and even peeking into windows to say ‘hello,’ making it an ultimate travel bucket list destination.

 

Photo: Giraffe Manor – Nairobi

Photo: Giraffe Manor

Las Vegas

There’s something for everyone in Nevada’s city of Las Vegas, known for its flashy Strip filled with casinos, nightclubs, restaurants and luxury hotels. Indulge to your heart’s content at this glittering travel destination for going big or going home.

 

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Queensland

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is located off the coast of Queensland, and is the largest coral reef system in the world. Grab a snorkel and discover the beauty of this underwater majesty for an ideal travel bucket list experience.

 

Photo: Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

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The Maldives

Made up of over 1,000 islands, this tropical destination is teeming with marine wildlife alongside pristine beaches that create an unforgettable travel experience.

 

Photo: Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Photo: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

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The 8 Best Mediterranean Restaurants in the Middle East and Europe

It’s no secret that Mediterranean food is delicious, and eating your favorite food in the country where it originated makes for an authentic dining experience to remember. During your next vacation to a destination near the Mediterranean Sea, you’re sure to be impressed by the delicious plates served up at fine dining restaurants throughout the region. Take a look at some of our choices for the best mediterranean restaurants throughout the Middle East and Europe.

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Teoric Taverna Gastronomica – Barcelona, Spain

This classic Spanish restaurant serves some of the best Mediterranean food you’ll ever taste. With great service, amazing food and a friendly atmosphere, Teoric Taverna Gastronomica is a must-visit for the next time you find yourself in Barcelona.

 

Photo: Teòric Taverna Gastronòmica – Best Mediterranean Restaurants in the Middle East and Europe

la Montgolfiere Henri Geraci – Monaco Ville, Monaco

This restaurant is a true Monaco staple, serving excellent French, Mediterranean, and Western-European menu options. Everything they create at the world-class La Montgolfiere Henri Geraci is made with care and precision, giving an end result that is sure to satisfy.

 

Photo: La Montgolfière, Henri Geraci – Best Mediterranean Restaurants in the Middle East and Europe

La Vague d Or – St Tropez, France

St. Tropez only has two Michelin-starred restaurants, and La Vague d’Or is one of them. Meaning ‘the golden wave’ in English, this three-Michelin star restaurant is at the top of its class. With a menu rooted in Mediterranean origins, this destination on the French Riviera is sure to provide a feast for your palate.

 

Photo: La Vague d’Or – Best Mediterranean Restaurants in the Middle East and Europe

Le Petit Nice – Marseilles, France

This restaurant is revered for their food, but loved in part because of its breathtaking views of the sea. Situated right on the Corniche Kennedy, running along Marseilles’ coast, every table is in the perfect seat for a beautiful seaside meal, especially at sunset. Being so close to the coast also brings forth their history of creating outstanding Mediterranean cuisine.

 

Photo: Le Petit Nice Passedat – Best Mediterranean Restaurants in the Middle East and Europe

Konoba Stari Grad – Budva, Montenegro

The city of Budva has gained popularity surrounding their food, and of all the eateries in Budva, Konoba Stari Grad truly stands out. With a specialty in seafood stemming from their location right by the coast, they create exquisite menu options for foodies visiting from around the world.

 

Photo: Konoba Stari Grad – Best Mediterranean Restaurants in the Middle East and Europe

Ricks Cafe – Casablanca, Morocco

Rick’s Café is a complete recreation of the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman so many years ago in the movie Casablanca. Large staircases, classic Moroccan architecture and a grand piano on display add to the incredible food served at Rick’s.

 

Photo: Rick’s Café – Best Mediterranean Restaurants in the Middle East and Europe

Varoulko – Athens, Greece

This restaurant by the sea has some of the best views of the water in the whole city. Lefteris Lazarou, a Michelin-starred chef, takes fine Mediterranean dining to the next level. With a full view of the fishing boats that bring in the day’s catch every morning, you can enjoy some of the best Mediterranean cuisine that Athens has to offer.

 

Photo: Varoulko Seaside

Fayruz Lebanese Restaurant – Cairo, Egypt

Egypt may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of Mediterranean food, Fayruz has created a name for themselves offering a menu consisting of Lebanese and Mediterranean classics. If you’re in need of an intimate dinner, you can request a private room or a table on their outdoor terrace. If you find yourself in a more “Arabian Nights” sort of mood, you can also be entertained with a live belly dancing show during your meal.

 

Photo: Fayruz Lebanese Restaurant

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The Best Routes on The Yacht Week

Adventure-seekers are sure to live it up by booking a trip with The Yacht Week. This sailing expedition takes travelers on an exciting journey filled with sun, nightlife, and unforgettable memories. There are a number of routes to choose from, each with their own perks. Take a look to see which of the routes on The Yacht Week is the best for your ocean vacation.

 

Photo: The Yacht Week / Michael Vanarey – Best Routes on The Yacht Week

How to Choose Between the Best Routes on The Yacht Week

One of the best aspects of booking a trip with The Yacht Week is having the option to choose from a number of unique routes, each catering to different types of vacation experiences. When deciding which route is the best for you or your group, consider your ideal pacing, activities and destinations. Do you prefer to spend more time on the water or exploring on land? Do day and nightlife venues excite you, or do you prefer a leisurely retreat? Each of routes on The Yacht Week offers an itinerary filled with experiences unique to that particular route. Choose the best route that matches your vision of the perfect getaway to ensure your Yacht Week experience is unforgettable.




Yacht Week Greece overview

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Croatia – Original Route

The Original Croatian route, where The Yacht Week began, is packed with ways for you to make the most out of your getaway. The charming towns along with sparkling blue water will transport you to a dream getaway. For those that can appreciate a good party, Croatia is the best for nightlife lovers who want to spend their time dancing and partying until dawn on Hvar Island.




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Caribbean – BVI Route

Emerge yourself into the tropical oasis of the British Virgin Islands. Become a part of the culture filled with lazy days on the white sandy beaches and floating in the blue ocean waters surrounded by plenty of palm trees and sunshine. Reggae fans will love the laid back nightlife while the locals will keep you entertained in their delicious restaurants and bars.




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Greece – Athens Route

You’ll get a little bit of everything when you take the Greece route. From shore side day parties and bottle service at nightlife events, you’ll get to live life to the fullest during this lavish route. Visit inexpensive restaurants on land for authentic Greek eats and explore the islands for an adventure with a view.

 

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Montenegro – Adriatic Route

It’ll be a feast for the eyes if you choose the Montenegro route, with beautiful landscapes that involve towering mountainsides and plenty of hidden caves to explore. Hike to the Sveti Ivan Fortress to see the ocean from amazing heights or attend a seaside yoga session to get in touch with your inner self. You’ll party surrounded by breathtaking views of the coastline and end your nights dancing under the stars.

 

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The Monaco Grand Prix 2020: Luxurious Tradition of Celebration

An extravagant French tradition, the Monaco Grand Prix 2020 highlights the best of the best Formula One drivers as they show off their talents in the French Riviera. Since its start in 1929, the race annually draws in thousands of visitors to Monaco to be a part of the festivities and culture that surrounds the prestigious event. From celebrities to socialites, guests gather to celebrate the start of summer and experience the excitement of motorsports by witnessing the 78 laps around the impressive Circuit de Monaco racetrack.

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The History

Winning the Monaco Grand Prix is considered one of the highest honors in motor races alongside the Indy 500 and 24 Hours Le Mans. With the three forming the Triple Crown of Motorsport, the race continues to be one of the most popular among Formula One enthusiasts. Normally a modest city of 30,000 citizens, Monaco’s population inflates to an average of 100,000 people as spectators travel from all over the world to cheer on their favorite drivers. The over 160-mile race is driven by dozens of talented Formula One drivers who head to Monaco each May to see if they have what it takes to win the hefty prize fund.

 

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The VIP Guests

With high society being an integral part of the race’s audience, the rich and famous are drawn to the event every year to wine, dine and throw parties in celebration of the world-renowned event. From movie stars to politicians, the well-known attendees can be spotted living it up alongside the rest of the lively spectators. Reminiscent of a Hollywood red carpet event, guests like Hugh Grant, Ron Howard, Bella Hadid, and Kris Jenner can be seen mixing and mingling throughout the weekend. Even Royalty like England’s Prince Harry and Monaco’s own Prince Albert have graced the grounds with their presence. Whether they’re avid racing fans or just coming to socialize and celebrate, the VIP guests help make the event ticket all the more attractive.

 

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The Exclusive Parties

Aside from the race itself, there are plenty of ways to spend time enjoying the French Riviera during a Grand Prix stay in Monaco. The infamous yacht parties thrown throughout the weekend are invite-only and often feature live music from A-list DJs, free-flowing Champagne, and plenty of caviar for your palate. Olympian Nicholas Frankl hosts an opulent annual yacht event where even the most well-known socialites and celebrities aren’t always able to snag an invite. With celebrities Kim Kardashian and Kanye West having been turned down in the past, Frankl’s exclusive 120-max guest list is limited to a hand-picked crowd of notable attendees. Last year’s Billionaire Club Champagne party held on the rooftop of the Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo was also a sought after invite. With stunning views of the Mediterranean acting as a backdrop to the poolside event, guests got to take in the seascape while popping bottles ‘til dawn.

 

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The Nightlife

Aside from the parties, event attendees can also take advantage of Monaco’s nightlife venues that get filled to the brim with partygoers during the popular travel weekend. Amber Lounge at the Le Meridien Plaza Beach Hotel is known to be a hot spot during the Grand Prix. A prime after-party location, the venue sees non-stop celebration by key players in fashion, entertainment and even European royals. La Rascasse has enough of a reputation that a part of the Grand Prix track has been named after the iconic bar. You’ll get a view of the race by day and an enviable indoor-outdoor place to party by night. If you’re looking for a day party getaway, The Fairmont Monte Carlo plays host to Nikki Beach–a pop-up pool club that overlooks a challenging bend in the race track. Cabanas and sunbeds fill the space while DJs keep the party going well into the night.

The Monaco Grand Prix’s rich history and continuous draw of thousands of racing fans has made it one of the most important Formula One races in the world. The week’s worth of festivities leading up to the race will have attendees enjoying their travels and indulging in luxurious dining, transportation, and revelry.

 

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Instagrammable Travel Experiences: Our Top 10 Destinations

If you’re in search of the perfect place for an photo-filled vacation, there are a number of locales around the world that will bring eye-catching scenery to your timeline. From lush, tropical beaches to lively, cultural landmarks, a getaway filled with unique snapshots will create unforgettable memories you can recall for years to come. Pack your lenses and tripod to visit these beautiful destinations for Instagrammable travel experiences.

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Patagonia – Chile

Some of the world’s most enlightening natural landscapes reside in Patagonia, like the photo-worthy Marble Caves made up of swirling, blue formations. The glasslike waters along the Route of the Seven Lakes are sure to provide impressive pictures, or visit Explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico for an unparalleled, mountainous backdrop to your stay.

 

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Costa Rica

The diverse, ecological landscape of Costa Rica makes for a never-ending supply of paradise-like scenery. Pack a waterproof phone case to swim in Santa Teresa beach and take in the lush scenery or hike the Rio Celeste waterfall for a photogenic adventure. The Tabacón Thermal Resort & Spa offers a volcanic backdrop to your getaway while you enjoy their relaxing hot springs.

 

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Greece

Santorini’s signature blue dome Oia churches and vast caldera are just some of the many reasons to snap a photo in Greece. Visit the Cavo Tagoo hotel in Mykonos and book a stay in its Instagrammable cave pool suite, or explore the ancient ruins of Athens.

 

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Arizona – USA

Get in touch Arizona’s nature with Sedona offering the dazzling Red Rock State Park, or visit the northern region to hike to The Wave–a rare rock formation that will leave you awestruck. Stay in Phoenix’s luxe Royal Palms Resort to be surrounded by a garden oasis that will create the perfect backdrop to your stay.

 

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Iceland

This mystical region offers one of the best views of the Northern Lights during winter months. From waterfalls to glaciers to volcanoes, Iceland has a rich, natural landscape including the Strokkur geyser near Reykjavík that provides a dramatic show. Stay at the ION Adventure Hotel to watch Iceland’s colorful, starry skies from a luxurious property.

 

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Havana – Cuba

Cuba is known for its cultural heritage which includes an abundance of vibrant buildings, classic cars and a lively music scene. Walk the streets of San Miguel de Allende to see beautiful, Instagrammable houses in Old Havana or traverse the stunning El Bosque de La Habana covered with natural foliage. Book a reservation at La Guardia restaurant to snap a photo on their storied rustic staircase.

 

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Paris – France

Paris isn’t just filled with the Eiffel Tower’s romance, but also a variety of eye-catching locations perfect for adding a touch of glamor to your scrapbook. Roam the green, Tuileries Garden or waltz down the Rue Cremieux, known for its pastel-colored homes. If you stay at the Ritz Paris you’ll also experience a historical building with extravagant architecture and Instagrammable furnishings.

 

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Thailand

With big cities and personable villages, Thailand is a dynamic country filled with photo-worthy destinations to explore. Head to James Bond Island in Phuket, named after being featured in one of the iconic films, for a beautiful ocean backdrop. See the opulent architecture of the Wat Arun temple in Bangkok, or enjoy the Jungle Club Hotel in Koh Samui for a breathtaking view from their restaurant’s unique vantage point.

 

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Tokyo – Japan

Fans of bright, neon lights will love taking photographs in Tokyo, where places like Akihabara shopping center create vivacious shots. During the daytime, admire the blooming cherry blossoms in Inokashira Park or lounge in the Instagrammable rooftop Sky Spa at the trendy Candeo Hotels Tokyo Roppongi for a stunning setting.

 

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Marrakech – Morocco

The Sahara Desert is an unforgettable background in Marrakech, known for its mystifying scenery and architecture. Barter with vendors at vibrant local souk markets like the popular Jemaa el-Fnaa. The plunge pool at the Riad Yasmine hotel is a known Instagram hot spot if you decide to book your stay at this lavish destination.

 

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